Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

Each year at the Annual Dinner, the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents member business awards in multiple categories. Nominations are taken in the late summer for the awards presention in October.

CATEGORY ELIGIBILITY AND JUDGING CRITERIA

Listed below is information regarding categories, eligibility and judging criteria for the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards. The chamber invites its members to identify nominees for these awards in each of the following categories:

  • DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
  • YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
  • SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (50 or fewer employees)
  • LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (more than 50 employees)
  • NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR

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DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AWARD
Eligibility: An individual who lives or works in the lake area.
Judging Criteria:

  1. Awarded to an individual who has provided outstanding service to the community through the contribution of ideas and initiation and completion of projects for the betterment of the community.
  2. Has demonstrated superior leadership for fostering a prosperous climate in the lake area resulting in an enhanced quality of life.
  3. Inspires action towards our community’s vision and follows strong ethical and moral standards.
  4. Demonstrates a commitment to leadership and civic responsibility by being a model for cooperation and communication among business, government, education, and community.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Eligibility:  A member of Young Professionals of the Lake.  Membership must be in good standing.

  1. Pursues excellence and possess leadership qualities, creativity, and is a role model.
  2. Works to improve the quality of life of others through community service.
  3. Active involvement in the Young Professionals of the Lake, including YPL and Lake Area Chamber events.
  4. At least 1 or more years of professional experience in current career.

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Eligibility: A small business, employing 50 or fewer employees, within the Lake Area Chamber servicing area.  This area includes the North Shore, Lake Ozark, Horseshoe Bend, Osage Beach, Kaiser and Linn Creek. 
Judging Criteria:

  1. Business Excellence – Achieved successful business practices, e.g. marketing, promotional activities, strong ethics. Promotes employee self-growth and development. Makes business contributions to the industry and/or involves business in research and development. Has demonstrated a high level of customer satisfaction, confidence and service.
  2.  Community Service – Has proven their interest in the welfare of the community through financial contributions, personal service or civic leadership.
  3. The nominee must be an active Lake Area Chamber member in good standing.

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Eligibility: A large business, employing more than 50 employees, within the Lake Area Chamber servicing area.  This area includes the North Shore, Lake Ozark, Horseshoe Bend, Osage Beach, Kaiser and Linn Creek. 
Judging Criteria:

  1. Business Excellence – Achieved successful business practices, e.g. marketing, promotional activities, strong ethics. Promotes employee self-growth and development. Makes business contributions to the industry and/or involves business in research and development. Has demonstrated a high level of customer satisfaction, confidence and service.
  2. Community Service – Has proven their interest in the welfare of the community through financial contributions, personal service or civic leadership.
  3. The nominee must be an active Lake Area Chamber member in good standing.

NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR
Eligibility: A not-for-profit organization, such as social service organizations, adult volunteer groups, service clubs, arts organizations, etc.
Judging Criteria:
1. Any group or organization who has fulfilled their mission or goals, has expanded the services they provide to the community and its improvement, has provided the lake area with leadership for the welfare of its populace.
2. The organization has made a significant contribution of time, skills and resources toward the improvement of the lake community.
3. The nominee must be an active Lake Area Chamber member in good standing.

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NOMINATING INSTRUCTIONS

Describe how the nominee has distinguished himself/herself/itself with respect to both service and achievement based on the judging criteria listed for the award category used. The committee highly encourages supplemental items be included in the nomination packet to ensure the selection is based on valid and worthwhile information. You may submit your nomination online and include attachments, or print our PDF application and return it to the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce by the indicated deadline. DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION FORM HERE

2017 DEADLINE - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION ONLINE HERE

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PAST AWARD WINNERS

Non-Profit of the Year
2013-Lake of the Ozarks Daybreak Rotary
2014-Concerns of Police Survivors
2015-Hope House of Miller County
2016-Community Foundation of the Lake 

Small Business of the Year
2013-Page Stores, LLC
2014-MSW Interactive Designs
2015-TXR Architects + Constructors
2016-Ozark Distillery

Large Business of the Year:
2013-Hy-Vee
2014-Lake Regional Health Systems
2015-Central Bank of the Lake of the Ozarks
2016-Tan-Tar-A Resort

Distinguished Citizen of the Year:
2013-Joe Roeger
2014-Susan Koplar-Brown
2015-Carolyn Davinroy
2016-Eleanor Hickey & Mike Waggett

Young Professional of the Year:
2015-Brian Gagnon
2016-Nick Brenizer

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